Question from BenC, What steps can I take if I believe I’ve been discriminated against at work due to my colour in the UK?
Answer from AI:
Understanding Racial Discrimination
In the UK, it’s illegal for employers to discriminate against you because of your race, which includes colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origins. This is protected under the Equality Act 2010. Racial discrimination can take many forms, including direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment, and victimisation.
Steps to Take if You Believe You’ve Been Discriminated Against
If you believe you’ve been discriminated against at work due to your colour, you can take the following steps:
- Document the Discrimination: Keep a record of the discriminatory incidents, including dates, times, locations, what was said or done, and any witnesses. This can be useful evidence if you decide to take further action.
- Report the Discrimination: Report the incidents to your employer. They have a responsibility to deal with discrimination at work. You can check your company’s policy on discrimination or harassment to find out how to report it.
- Seek Advice: If the discrimination continues or if your employer doesn’t take your complaint seriously, you can seek advice from an employment adviser or solicitor. You can also contact organisations like the Citizens Advice or the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
- Make a Formal Complaint: If the issue is not resolved, you can make a formal complaint or ‘grievance’. Your employer should have a grievance procedure you can follow.
- Consider Legal Action: If the discrimination continues or if you’re unsatisfied with the outcome of your grievance, you may want to consider taking legal action. You could potentially make a claim to an employment tribunal. However, you should seek legal advice before doing this.
Seeking Legal Advice
It’s important to note that this information is a general guide and not legal advice. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against at work due to your colour, you should consult with a legal professional who can provide advice based on your specific circumstances. They can guide you through the process, help you understand your rights, and advise you on the best course of action.